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Prisoner of War mail, by Ruggero Bacci, to Mrs. Minnie Bacci, April 27, 1943
This handwritten prisoner of war mail in Italian, was sent by Ruggero Bacci, and is addressed to his wife Minnie Bacci, on April 27, 1943.
Internee Bacci writes to his wife that he is glad to hear that everyone is well. He also thanks her for the parcel she sent, but asks her not to send salami in the future as he cannot eat it. He sends his thanks to Flavia, Gigi, and others for their Easter holiday greetings. He writes that he is sorry to hear that their sons do not want to accompany their mother when she goes out. Although they might be embarassed, not wanting to be seen as "mamma's boys", he notes with regret that during his absence they have become "ill-educated". He notes that he will not tolerate or forget such things, and they should be told so.
Bacci was interned for almost three years. In his absence, his wife Erminia (Minnie) suffered a serious nervous breakdown and was hospitalized at length. Bacci's oldest son Aldo was forced to quit high school to help support the family. When his father was released and returned home, Aldo received notice that he was conscripted into the Canadian Army; however, he did not serve overseas.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials on loan by the Bacci family.
April 27, 1943
ca. 13.75 x 6 inches
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